There isn't really a rise in autism.Nuggin you seem to be well read up on this issue, so I would like to ask you what is your theory on the rise of so many SIDS and autism cases?
A few years back, the medical community revised its definitions of various disorders and came up with the term "autism spectrum".
As a result, instead of a few cases of autism, a few cases of asbergers, a few cases of retardation, a few cases of learning disability, etc. they suddenly had a lot of cases of "people on the autism spectrum".
Using all the same "evidence" that the "vaccines cause autism" crowd is trumpeting, you could make the same case for "vaccines cure retardation" because the numbers have dropped.
The thing is the NUMBER of people effected has change, all that has changed is the label they slap on the people.
The other factor that's going on in this:
Baader-meinhof is when you learn something you were unaware of before and then notice it frequently.
This happens because we screen out extraneous crap that we don't understand or care about so that we're not overwhelmed. However, once our attention has been drawn to the object/concept/person, it's no longer extraneous and stops getting screened.
I'm sure electronic cigarettes were around a few years before I noticed them, but after I noticed them I saw them far more often than I had in the past.
The same thing is going on with autism and both doctors and the public. General practitioners/teachers/parents in rural areas may have just referred to a kid as "troubled" twenty years ago. However, since autism is all the rage now, that same kid is now recognized as "autistic".
Again, number of actual people with the syndrome? Stable. Number of diagnosed cases? Increasing.
The way you can verify this is by looking at the per capita cases in an area with high diagnosis at an earlier time and then in an area with increasing diagnosis.
For example, town A has high diagnosis and an autism rate of 1%. Town B has .001%, then a few years later, the Town B doc reads Time magazine and suddenly, the rate of autism diagnosis goes up to 1%.
That doesn't mean that the rate of autism in town B increase 1000x. It means that they were at 1% but the guy in charge of counting cases wasn't doing his job.
I'm much less versed in SIDS, but I do know that pre-natal and post natal-care in the US has been dropping as medical costs rise. I would like to see a map of SIDS cases by income bracket. I suspect you'll find that SIDS is higher among people without health care than people with.
That makes it highly unlikely that vaccinations is the cause, given that lack of health care is a pretty good indicator that a child will not be vaccinated on schedule.